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Weight loss? Brittle fur? Starving all the time? What’s happening to my dog?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Author: Angie Falcsik, CNWI, owner of Pawsitive K9 Obedience & Training and trainer at AnnaBelle’s Pet Station

These are just some of the symptoms I was noticing with Beaner, my 10 year old German Shepherd/Greyhound. It started out with the weight loss but as she was a little on the pudgy side, and was reducing her food a bit, I didn’t think much of it. However, then other symptoms started to appear.

When I was brushing her I noticed that she was losing more fur than normal and her skin was very dry and flaky. Yes, I know, GSD’s don’t have a shedding season (she is predominately GSD) – they shed all year long; but this was in the fall and not the time of year she should be shedding this much. I also noticed that her fur was not as soft; but again, explained this away knowing she needed a bath and the fact that it was getting colder outside and maybe her skin was just getting dry. I thought maybe the food the dogs eat had changed formula, but after doing some research, learned that was not the case. All the dogs are on Fish Oil daily along with Osteo Bi-Flex so I knew she was getting enough Omega 3. I decided to give her just a little bit of EVOO in her food and give her a bath. I use Main & Tail shampoo and conditioner which has always worked very well for the dogs. However, even after her bath, her fur still didn’t feel right. She also was depressed and irritable. She didn’t want to engage in play or even snuggling at times. She was less tolerant of her canine brothers and would snap and growl at them over the littlest things. Her eyes were sunken and she literally looked sad.

I also would catch her eating not only her poo, but her brothers’ as well. Not even waiting for it to hit the ground at times! I know – disgusting. She was ravenous when she would eat each meal and despite increasing her food from 1 ¼ cups twice a day slowly all the way to 2 cups twice a day, she continued to act as if she was starving and was still losing weight.

I also would hear very loud rumblings from her tummy all the time, regardless of how close to or after feeding her and she had really bad gas. I thought she just had a tummy ache and started to give her pumpkin in her food to help settle her tummy. The rumbling and gas continued, however. I thought could I have been wrong about her food? Was this not the right brand for her? The boys were not losing weight. Then, I thought, worms? Parasite?  But the boys weren’t losing weight. Their fur was still soft and had normal shedding. They were not acting as if they were starving. I thought if Beaner had a parasite, the boys would have it too (they unfortunately are poo eaters at times as well). I figured if one had a parasite, it was likely the others would as well. At this point I decided to call the vet.

Although he agreed with my analysis, he still said it was possible and he wanted a stool sample; a fresh one – not frozen or refrigerated overnight. Yeah, right! I work 3 jobs; 85+ hours a week. How was I going to get a “fresh” sample during a time that the vet was open? I decided to wait for the weekend and try to get one in the morning before I went to go teach obedience class. During the week (called the vet on Monday), she deteriorated.

I watched her come inside one evening after playing ball, her muscles were quivering. She stood there for a bit and then basically collapsed to the floor. Her muscles had begun to atrophy already and she was not strong enough after 10-15 minutes of playing to hold herself up. I was very scared at this point. I examined her and could see that she had lost some muscle tone and knew at this point we were not dealing with a parasite; or at least not only a parasite.

I immediately looked at her fatty tumor on her chest that has now gotten to the size of a golf ball and thought, the vet has been wrong all this time – it was not a fatty tumor – it is cancer and I’m going to lose my girl! I kept trying to remind myself of the times the vet had pulled fluid from this fatty tumor and over the years assured me that is all it was. He had given me the option of having her undergo surgery to remove it but I could not justify putting her under to remove something that was not bothering/hurting her; it bothered me. Selfish. She did not need to risk the possible risks of surgery because I didn’t like how it looked. Still, I thought, can a fatty tumor become cancerous? Research told me no.

Back to the drawing board. That whole week I watched her like a hawk. I decided not to over exert her and other than her ravenous eating, poo eating and brittle fur, she was walking/standing/jumping on/off the bed okay. Saturday finally came. I knew that the dogs’ poo schedule was right around 10 am so right after breakfast I locked them in the house for a couple of hours. I finally let them out and followed Beaner with a large baggie – 2 in fact. (Beaner’s poo is extra large!). I wasn’t sure what type of tests they were going to do or how much they needed so I was planning accordingly. She did not want to go with mom watching and knowing I wanted her to go. She tried to get me to play with her, she ran across the ¼ acre back yard to try and poo in private. No luck –I waited around the bush and as she was squatting ran up to her. It was gray! It was slimy and runny too! I expected soft or even runny but not gray and slime! Now I was very concerned.

With Beaner and poo bag in tow, we were off to the vet for her appointment. I handed the poo bag to the vet assistant and she assured me I had more than enough. I think she was being sarcastic J The vet examined Beaner and weighed her. She was 56 pounds! Her normal weight about 80 pounds! I could not believe her weight was that low! The vet drew some blood and asked me to get a urine sample. Sure, now he tells me – could have done that at home. Good thing Beaner pees on command, even if she just went. He handed me a Styrofoam cup and I took her outside and told her to go potty. Of course, the good girl that she is, she started to pee but I got a little snow in the cup as I tried to get it under her and the vet said he needs a completely clean sample. Again –now he tells me. The vet assistant came in with another cup and suggested we cut the cup lengthwise so it was more like a scoop – good idea. This time I took her to the parking lot close to the snow but not in it. Hoping she still had something in her asked her to go potty again.

She looked at me as if to say, “I just went!” But again, the good girl she is, she peed again and this time we got a clean sample. Very carefully so as not to spill, I poured it into another cup and brought it back inside. Now it was a waiting game. Blood work would take a couple of days, urine would take a day as would the stool, unless more extensive tests were needed and then it would be couple of days. He had a couple of things he was thinking; protein loss, digestion issue, and of course, the “C” word – cancer.

We got home and after a bit of snuggling I decided not to let her see me so upset. Beaner and her brothers and I went to do some nosework to get our minds off things. Surprisingly, a couple of hours after leaving the vet, I got a phone call. The vet said, although the other tests still needed to be done, it was very clear from the initial stool test that Beaner was not absorbing ANY nutrients from her food. Everything she ate was going right through her and that she was likely suffering from EPI; Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. I said, “exocrine, what?” The vet explained that there are certain cells called the acinar cells which are found in the exocrine pancreas and are needed to produce and secrete the 3 necessary enzymes needed to digest food. They are:

  1. Amylase for digestion of carbohydrates (sugars & starches in grains, fruits & vegetables);
  2. Lipases for digestion of fats and oils; and
  3.  Trypsin and Proteases for digestion of proteins.

Beaner can no longer produce what is necessary to digest her food and allow her body to absorb and utilize the nutrients – basically, she was literally starving and without treatment, would not live! EPI is not curable, only treatable with specific enzymes. I made another appointment to go in as soon as the other tests were completed.

After hanging up with the vet, I sat down and cried! How could I not have known it was this serious? What kind of mom am I? Why didn’t I take her in sooner? I decided to do some research. I read more about the enzymes that were needed to digest food, that this disease can affect other parts of a dog’s body; organs, immune, nervous system, and mental status. They can become depressed, aggressive and/or fearful.

I also found out that this disease is very hard to diagnose and that many times the obvious symptoms do not reveal themselves until 80-90% of the exocrine pancreas acinar cells are destroyed. While that did not change anything, it at least eased my mind a little in that I was not beating myself up – as much. I pride myself on being very aware of my dog’s health and daily routines and now this is the second dog that something serious has happened and I didn’t realize it immediately. First Indy with his dysplasia and now Beaner with EPI.

A few days later we were back at the vet. Beaner’s urine test was perfect and her blood work was as well. No protein loss and no cancer. The vet discussed a more specific test where blood would be drawn again and sent down to Texas, the only lab in the US that conducts this particular test and runs approximately $200.00. This test, called a cTLI test, is the only test that can confirm EPI. One is looking for a range between 5.0-35.0. Now I had to decide what to do. Her blood work was normal, her urine was normal, her stool was grey, slimy, running, she was loosing weight, bony frame, losing hair, fur turning brittle, mental status changes, tummy gurgling/gas – classic EPI symptoms. The enzymes she would be started on is $150.00 a bottle which lasts approximately 6-8 weeks. I made the decision to start Beaner on the pancreatic enzymes without having the cTLI test as I completely trust my vet and he has seen this many times before and has patients suffering from this disease. Of course, we could perform the cTLI at any time if I chose to do so but for now, I chose to get her started on the enzymes right away.

There are a few ways of treating this, but the recommended treatment is powdered porcine pancreatic enzyme, which by the way, does not smell very good. The vet warned me it smells like vomit and I asked if Beaner will even eat it if it smells that bad. His response, “she eats poo doesn’t she?”. Touché. As it turns out, it is not as bad as they made it out, but you definitely do not want to get your nose too close! I picked up a few cans of pumpkin and canned dog food on our way home with enzymes in tote. The directions state that the enzymes must “incubate” for a minimum of 10-15 mts so I measured 1 tsp with a good size spoonful of canned food, mixed it really well and let it sit for the appropriate time. Meanwhile, the dogs are going crazy because they know it’s dinner time, they see me preparing the food and then they have to wait! Not happy campers I tell you!

I continued this regimen for a few days, getting Beaner’s food ready in the morning after my work out and while I was getting ready for work which worked out well, but it was the dinner time regimen that was a nightmare for everyone.

I remembered a Yahoo Group that I found and joined for owners of EPI dogs and posted my dilemma. I received a number of really great responses! Many people had to same situation I did. They worked late, multiple jobs and didn’t want their dogs to have to wait to eat after a long day. It was also recommended that depending on the level of the disease, feeding small amounts multiple times a day was the best thing to do until it was under control.

The idea that worked best for me was place her dry kibble in containers along with the enzymes and shake really well so all the kibble is coated. I have about 5-6 containers in the fridge at all times. When I feed the dogs at night, I add just enough water to barely coat the kibble and let it sit over night for her morning feeding. In the morning, I do the same thing for her evening feed. This is a great idea if one is going on vacation and either has a pet sitter coming in or wants to make sure the boarding facility has the appropriately mixed food/meds. It was even suggested to mix food, meds and meds, let it incubate a few hours and then freeze it!

With my schedule, working 3 jobs, and crazy hours, this formula works great for Beaner. If I’m going to be running late, I can have a neighbor come over and feed the dogs and know she is getting exactly what she needs.

Okay, so back to our story. The first week was difficult as I was not seeing any changes in her behavior, appetite, poo eating regimen, attitude, weight – nothing! I called the vet and he said we needed to give it a bit more time. If I was still not seeing any changes in another 4-5 days, we would move forward with cTLI test.

A few days later I was looking out the window and saw Indy outside doing his duty and Beaner right next to him waiting for him to finish. I was just about to tell her to leave it so I could pick it up when much to my surprise, she sniffed it and walked away! I knew that this meant progress was occurring and she was feeling better! The enzymes were working!

Each day I noticed more and more signs that she was doing better. She was not as ravenous at the food bowl, her fur started to feel less brittle and after about a week, actually started feeling soft again! She began to get that spark back in her eyes and spunk in her attitude! She even began to smile and wink at me again! She was able to play and walk longer without getting so tired she could barely stand up and her mental status became more stable. She became tolerant of the little things again and her depression was going away. I knew she was really feeling better when her nosework started going from hunting for the food box because she was starving to hunting because she loved the game! My girl was back!

It has now been about almost a month and she has gained 5 pounds! Her fur is really soft again, she plays, throws her toys at me, runs and has that sparkle in her eyes again! We still have a ways to go to put another 12-15 pounds but we are well on our way to better health. Although her normal weight when she was younger and healthier (developing some hip/joint issues), the vet and I decided not to bring her weight back to her 76-80 pound weight but to keep her at about 70-72 so as not to put too much pressure on her joints.

Beaner will need to have her enzymes for the rest of her life, but now that we have finally gotten the right diagnosis, she is getting healthier day by day! I do of course, continue to read and converse with my Yahoo EPI group as there is always something that comes up in someone’s life that we can learn from to help Beaner in her recovery. They have been a wonderful support group and wealth of information.

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AnnaBelle’s Training Class Schedule February – April 2012

Friday, January 6th, 2012

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Saturday, July 16th, 2011

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Friday, April 29th, 2011

Indy’s Struggle With Dysplasia

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Author: Angie Falcsik, owner of Pawsitive K9 Obedience & Training and trainer at AnnaBelle’s Pet Station

This story began about 4 years ago when Indy was just 6 years old.  Indy, his canine siblings and I were outside playing ball and Frisbee when I noticed Indy limping and favoring his back right leg after only about 10 minutes of play time.  I knew that they liked to dig little holes in the yard and figured I had missed filling one and maybe he stepped in it.  I manipulated his leg a bit and as he seemed fine, chalked it up to a little strain.

This continued here and there for the next few months but only occasionally; not every time we played. I kept telling myself I needed to make sure I checked the yard in case I missed filling a small hole before we started playing.

Then one day as Indy was jumping off the bed, I heard him cry out with a sharp yelp.  I immediately jumped up to check on him, but again, manipulating his legs didn’t seem to bother him.  I did however, start to notice that he was favoring his right hip/leg more and more and he seemed to walk with a stiff gait.  I decided it was time to have this issue looked at.

Much to my surprise, the trip to the vet was much more involved than I imagined. I expected she would perform an examination and tell me I was making more of strain than I should and to give him a week or so with some anti-inflammatory medication.  Unfortunately, after an exam and x-rays, I was told that Indy had early onset right hip dysplasia and mild left hip dysplasia.  I instantly thought to myself, surgery?  He’s so young!  How could he be suffering from this “old age” condition so early?  The vet told me that all of Indy’s breeds (Collie, Shepherd, Golden Retriever) were prone to this condition but assured me surgery was not necessary at this time, but to prepare myself as likely, in the future this would be our fate.  She suggested that I start Indy on a daily regimen of Glucosamine/Condroitin/MSM as in her opinion, this was a better (and less expensive) option than the typical arthritis medication which many other side effects.

After a few months, I did start to notice a difference, but he still seemed to have days where he clearly was uncomfortable.  Now, I know that animals tend to hide their pain and by the time we see it, it is usually worse that what they are letting on; the selfless soles that they are!  The vet assured me that a little more time was needed, and by now we were into the winter so less active in our playtime/walks.  I started to notice an improvement in Indy’s walking, getting on/off the bed/couch and it appeared that we had finally turned the corner.

I decided to do some research on some homeopathic methods to help Indy and began doing regular massages, light acupressure and aromatherapy.  In fact, it became a nightly ritual with all the dogs as by this time my work schedule went from one job, 40 hrs a week to two jobs, working about 70 hrs a week, which meant I had less time to spend with them each day.

Over the next couple of years Indy had his good and bad days but overall seemed to do alright.  The occasional aspirin to assist with pain along with massage, ice packs, etc.  When I considered the alternative (surgery) I felt he was much better off not going under the knife.  Our walks got shorter and shorter as Indy appeared to not handle long walks as well as he used to.  By the time we got home, he would be limping and ice packs became a regular regimen.  The vet said, however, it was important to keep him moving and to just shorten the walks but not allow him to become sedentary.

Indy was 9 when I heard a cry again, this time much worse than before.  Once again, we were outside playing and this time, I noticed he was limping on both his right front leg and trying to figure out which back leg to put weight on.  I hadn’t noticed any issues with his right leg previous to this so I was very concerned, especially at this age.  We made another trip to the vet and he said it appears Indy had likely strained his right shoulder but in light of his history, suggested we see an orthopedic specialist.  As you can imagine, my heart sunk again.  This time I was sure we were looking at surgery but now Indy was 9 years old, not his young 6 when this all started.  I kept telling myself I would do what is best for him no matter the cost but also had to keep his quality of life a big consideration.

We made the appointment and while we waited for “the day” he and I went out for a walk; just the two of us.  While on our walk (barely a 1/8 of a mile), Indy stopped.  He looked up at me as if to say, “I can’t take another step”.  This is what it had come to; could not even go on a short walk anymore.  We were not that far from my house and I picked up my 65 pound Collie/Golden/Shepherd and carried him most of the way home.  We made a couple of stops and he did manage to walk into the house himself, but after ice and aspirin, I went into the bathroom, shut the door and broke down.  I thought for sure we were looking at surgery and/or the specialist was going to tell me it was too late to do anything.  This was my baby.  His mom came to my rescue pregnant and eight days later had eleven puppies.  I just happen to be there the day she went into labor and watched Indy being born.  I had had Indy literally since he took his first breath into this world.  Now, I don’t have favorites, and I love all my dogs, but my relationship with Indy was special to say the least.  I was not taking this well.

Well, the day came to go the specialist and I was prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best.  This was a good day for Indy and he pranced his way into the office and grabbed the heart of everyone there, as usual.  The vet came into the room and asked a number of questions.  He began to examine Indy and I noticed how gentle his touch was.  This man was not only a great “dog” vet, but a great “people” vet.  He explained everything he was doing, what he was looking for, what he was finding, etc.  I felt so comfortable with him and knew we were in good hands.  He then had Indy walk up and down the hallway.  At this time, he suggested that Indy undergo full body x-rays to figure out exactly what was going on.  Of course, this meant I would have to leave him there to spend the night so they could run a full blood screen and sedate him in the morning for the x-rays.  Now, I know it should have been an easy thing for me to do, but for some reason, I did not want to leave him.  What was the specialist going to find?  What were we up against?  I knew the best thing was to have these tests done so I kissed him and left him in the good hands of this amazing staff!

It was so hard to sleep that night and my other two dogs could sense something was up.  Trace, my Belgian Tervuren, Indy’s right hand man, looked at me and wondered where his buddy was.  These two are never apart and they clean each other’s faces, eyes, ears every night.  He seemed as lost as I was.

I went back the following day to get the results and pick up Indy.  The vet came in and showed me all the films.  It turns out it was worse than I thought.  Indy’s right hip dysplasia was still bad but now his left hip was labeled severe as well.  He also said Indy had right elbow dysplasia and then pointed to these little white things sticking out of his wrist on the x-ray.  Bone spurs.  Tears welled up in my eyes and I felt horrible that I had put him through dealing with this for so long and didn’t realize how bad it was.  I kept asking myself, why didn’t I pay more attention?  Why did I take him for such long walks and not notice anything?  The vet assured me that these changes are often subtle and it is hard to pick up on the signs sometimes.

So, now for the prognosis and what we were going to do.  Amazingly enough, Indy’s nine year old spine was perfect!  He said it was as good as a one year old and despite his hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and bone spurs, he felt that Indy could likely avoid surgery!  He told me that all my years of giving him the glucosamine/condroitin/MSM and the ice packs, massages, monitoring activity were the big reasons why he had done as well as he had for as long as he had and why surgery was not an option right now; if ever.  He did suggest that I switch him from the generic G/C/MSM to Osteo Biflex as the absorption into the system was better than the generic version.  He also prescribed Fish Oil pills to help with inflammation and to add a pain medication: Rimadyl.  That’s when I stopped.  I had heard and read about all of the problems with Rimadyl and the dogs that had died after taking it.  The vet explained to me that when Rimadyl first was being tested, he was one of about 30 vets in the country to help conduct the study.  What they discovered was the reason dogs were dying after taking this medication, was due to not checking their liver and kidney levels prior to starting the medication.  This medication required blood work to check the kidney and liver levels, and only after confirming normal levels could a dog begin taking this pain medicine.  Of course, the first 24 hours still needed to be monitored for signs of lethargy, throwing up, not wanting to eat, these symptoms were rare when used properly.  Indy’s blood work was perfect and in light of his pain level, this was the best medicine to put him on.  I decided to start this medication early on a Saturday morning so I could be home, monitor him and be ready to go to the emergency room at the slightest sign something was amiss.  The vet assured me that would not happen in light of his blood work.  I asked about other medications for his pain, but the vet after discussing everything, knew this was the best option.  The vet continued to assure me that the only dogs that had any problems whatsoever were dogs that were not tested prior to starting the medication.

Saturday came, we started the meds, and I never left his side for hours.  He looked at me as if to say, “mom, I’m fine, quit hovering”.  We snuggled, watched movies, ate breakfast and finally dinner.  Nothing.  No symptoms.  He was fine.  I could breathe again.  A couple of days went by and I started to notice Indy was up and around a bit more.  A week went by and he now wanted to play more.  Two weeks went by and he didn’t want to go home after short walks; he wanted to keep going!

At our one month follow up appointment, I was so excited to share how well Indy was doing with the specialist.  He of course, knew how well Indy would be doing but was humble and very supportive.  The only thing we needed to do was have Indy’s blood work checked in a couple of weeks and then every 3-4 months for the first year and then every 6 months thereafter.

We are now almost a year out from our first visit with the specialist and Indy is not only back to his 1-2 mile walks, playing ball and Frisbee, but now also does nosework; all without pain!  He jumps onto the bed, couch and into the car without any problems and is a much happier dog!  And I am a grateful and very happy mom.  In fact, everyone is on the Fish Oil and Osteo Bi-Flex regimen as all three of my babies are ten and it has made quite a difference in them as well.

What started out as a limp, developed into what I thought would be a long and expensive treatment regimen, has had a wonderful outcome.  We all could not be happier with how healthy and active everyone is, especially Indy.

Spring Training at AnnaBelle’s Pet Station!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Check out the fun and exciting class selection at AnnaBelle’s with classes from the Canine Training Center, Pizzoferrato Pet-Care and Training Services (PPATS), Erinn Hadley, Pawsitive K9 Obedience & Training, and Sheila Laing, who is now teaches PetSaver™ Pet First Aid at AnnaBelle’s! We offer everything from basic obedience to agility and conformation to scent work! Sign up on-line today or call 517.599.0995.

AnnaBelle’s February-March Training Class Schedule

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Check out the fun and exciting class selection at AnnaBelle’s with classes from the Canine Training Center, Pizzoferrato Pet-Care and Training Services (PPATS), Erinn Hadley, and Pawsitive K9 Obedience & Training. We offer everything from basic obedience to agility and conformation to scent work! Sign up on-line today or call 517.599.0995.

AnnaBelle’s Training Assistance Tools!

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

We offer select products to help you with your dog training efforts.  Training is the foundation of your relationship with your dog.  Our trainer-recommended products will give you the essential tools to make the training process easier for you and your pooch!

Select an item below for more information or see our website:
The Premier Collar

Premier’s® No. 1 selling collar! Used with a leash or with your hand, the martingale-style Premier Collar® tightens to give greater control and reduces the risk of a dog “backing out” and escaping. Because it offers limited closure, it’s safer than a traditional choke collar. Wonderful for use in training classes, on walks, or around the home.

Sizing information. The Premier Collar® is “sized” differently than other collars. The measurement is taken from round the top of the neck behind the dog’s ears. This looser fit provides firm control yet reduces matting and bald spots, and allows for seasonal coat changes.

Price: $5.99
Terry Ryan Treat Pouch

The Treat Pouch features a super strong hinge, water resistant lining, two pockets and a ring attachment. Perfect for all your training activities in classes and on the go!

Price: $14.99
The Snack Sack

By PlanetDog! The trainer’s best-friend. The inspiration for this little gem is those nifty chalk bags carried by rock climbers, but this one holds treats or kibble. Attach around your waist or sling it over your shoulder to have snacks at the ready. Perfect for positive training outside or in the house. Comes with an adjustable nylon belt to strap the Sack onto your waist. 4” x 6” with drawstring closure.

Price: $12.99
The Easy-Walk Harness

The Easy Walk® Harness is designed to gently discourage dogs from pulling while walking on a leash. Unlike traditional collars, our harness never causes coughing, gagging, or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone. Its unique front-chest leash attachment stops pulling by steering your dog to the side and redirecting his attention towards you. And, its patent-pending martingale loop provides extra leverage for easy, relaxed control and prevents the harness from twisting and gapping.

Price: $19.99

The Gentle Leader Headcollar

Millions of dog owners today enjoy the benefits of stress-free walks thanks to the Gentle Leader Headcollar. Designed so that owners can communicate with their pet in a way they instinctively understand, the Gentle Leader painlessly and effectively removes the dog’s natural tendency to pull by placing gentle pressure on calming points and eliminating uncomfortable pressure on the throat. In addition to reducing a dog’s desire to pull away, the Gentle Leader is also a very effective tool in combating lunging, jumping, excessive barking and helping to calm an aggressive and/or anxious animal.

Price: $19.99

The Gripper Leash 3/8 in. width

3/8″ Gripper® Leash
For the small but mighty!
This leash features a single row of rubber and is our most light-weight offering. It is ideal for smaller dogs and other pets such as cats, ferrets and iguanas.

Price: $15.95
The Gripper Leash 3/4 in. width

6-Foot Gripper® Leash
Two rows of rubber! This is our most frequently requested length!

This leash is suitable for any pleasure or training activity. It comes standard with a solid brass bolt snap.

Price: $21.95
The Super Gripper - 1 in. width

The Super Gripper®

When only the strongest will do! The Super Gripper® is our ultimate gripping leash. It contains two extra rows of rubberized stitching for a total of 4! This leash is ideal for anyone with limited mobility or suffering with arthritis. 6 ft. leash.

Price: $23.95
Clik Stik

Effective training begins with positive reinforcement. Mark desired behaviors with a “click” and treat to reward the desired behavior. Clicker products include the Clik Stik – an all-in-one clicker & retractable target stick – and the Clik-R, a hand-held clicker. From Premier.

Price: $19.99

Winter Training Class Schedule at AnnaBelle’s Pet Station!

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Check out the fun and exciting class selection at AnnaBelle’s with classes from the Canine Training Center, Pizzoferrato Pet-Care and Training Services (PPATS), Erinn Hadley, and Pawsitive K9 Obedience & Training. We offer everything from basic obedience to agility and conformation to scent work! Sign up on-line today or call 517.599.0995.